1974 BMW 3.0CS

Ah, the internet. As I often say to my history students, back in the ancient times people actually had to go to a library to look up facts. Take production data, for example. Let’s say you wanted to know how many of a particular model were made. Well, you could phone the manufacturer, which probably wouldn’t get you anywhere. You might head to a knowledgeable dealer, but they’d probably lose interest as soon as it became clear you weren’t there to actually buy anything. You could write the manufacturer and hope for a correspondence back – probably in a few months. Or, if you were quite rich, you could hop on a plane and head to the company’s headquarters, hoping to be allowed in to the archives. But now, on a seemingly daily basis, more information is added to the nebula which is the internet. Some of it is true, some of it is false, and some is misinterpreted. As I say to my students, know your source. If you’re relying on the NBC Nightly News for your facts, for example, you might find that Brian Williams hand-built this E9 himself. Too soon?


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Coupe Week Tuner Tuesday: Alpina B2S 3.0CSL and 3.0CS Alpina Tribute

They say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, and when it comes to Alpina cars there certainly have been a lot of enthusiasts who are eager to copy the legends. Part of that is the great look that Alpina achieved, but also worth considering that Alpina models – especially early ones – command a premium that rivals some of the most exclusive models put out by the factory. Today, then, in honor of Coupe Week I have two E9 models. The first is a real-deal and rare 3.0CSL, but even then a special CSL; this one is an early carburetor model which was modified in period by Alpina to B2S spec. I then have an end-of-run U.S. spec 3.0CS that tries to imitate that look. These two cars obviously aren’t in contention with each other – but is the imitation good enough to warrant looking at?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: BMW 3.0 CSL Alpina B2S on classicheros.co.uk

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1974 BMW 3.0CS

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I recently got to play one of my favorite games, in which I finally catch the drivers of cars I often see parked and get to chat them up a little bit. In this case, it’s a silver 3.0CS that is very straight but has clearly been a daily driver since it was born. The owner cautiously espoused his love to the random stranger who had so briskly made a u-turn on his bike, but it was fun to get a little peek into the life of one of these absolutely classic BMWs. Today’s example is significantly nicer than the silver DD, thanks to low mileage, a beautifully restored interior, and the fact that it’s BROWN. I’ve been so pleased to see the rising appreciating for well-done brown sports cars, and this is the perfect example of how far brown can be from beige. All those nice things about it push this E9 into *gasp* modern BMW-price territory. I’d take this in a heartbeat.

Click for more details: 1974 BMW 3.0CS on Hemmings Motor News

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1972 BMW 3.0CS

Okay, I know we just featured a 3.0CS on Tuesday, but since we’re on a bit of a coupe theme this week, I thought this 1972 Fjord Blue 3.0CS was just too nice to pass up. For sale in Georgia, this 3.0CS is in similar condition to the last one we featured and has me wondering just how much longer a good quality E9 will be within reach to the average collector.

Year: 1972
Model: 3.0CS
Engine: 3.0 inline six
Transmission: 4-speed? manual
Mileage: 114,000 mi
Price: $29,500

1972 BMW 3.0 CS on eBay

My first car was a 1973 BMW 2002tii and every time I took my car to the shop I use to see several 3.0CS and admired at how nice they looked. Several years ago I decided to put one of these on my “bucket list” of cars to own when the right one came along. For me the car had to be an early example with the attractive chrome bumpers, mostly stock and an attractive color combination (not fire engine red!). The automatics were out of the question. Also I did not want a car with rust issues.

Most BMW 3.0CS suffer severely from rust and this one was in an environment where it survived the “tin worm”. The car lived most of its life in California and Colorado and the body is in great condition. The interior appears to be mostly original and quite good for its age. There are some cracks on the seat bottom leather but they do not bother me too much and gives the car some character. The paint is very good for a driver but it does have a few chips and touch ups here and there. The car looks very nice and I get a lot of compliments. I like the look of the early cars, such as this, without the heavy bumpers. Also the Fjord blue exterior with dark blue leather works for me. It has 16″ wheels from a later BMW but came with a set of 14″ inch wheels that I’ve seen on many 3.0CS. The extra wheels come with the car. I thought about installing the smaller wheels but I am now used to the more modern wheels and have come to like them on the car.

The AC works and car starts and runs as it should. All gauges, including the clock, are ion working order. Build quality is quite good. I must say the design has aged very well and the car still gets a lot of positive comments when I drive it. This car has been very reliable. Only work I’ve had to do have been maintenance items. In November I had the valve clearances adjusted and the oil/filter changed.

Compared to the E9 featured earlier in the week, this one is a tad bit pricier. It does have the earlier, slimmer bumpers, but there is no mention whether this has the 5-speed manual conversion. From the pictures, I can see the car has a 5-speed gear knob from a later model, but anyone could have stuck on of those on there. I personally like the Fjord Blue over the black 3.0CS, but I certainly wouldn’t pay that much of a premium just for a color in this case. While it’s not overpriced, a few things need to be addressed with this car, such as the slightly tatty leather on the drivers seat and the headliner that could use a bit of cleaning, if not a replacement. Overall, if this car was a tad bit cheaper, it would be an excellent 3.0CS for someone wanting a driver quality car.


1974 BMW 3.0 CS 5-speed

The E9 3.0CS is a favorite BMW of ours here at GCFSB. Prices have begun to creep up a bit for good examples, but if bought properly, you can still find a solid driver here or there for reasonable money. Case in point this 3.0CS for sale in California. This car has just over 100,000 original miles, but has had an older respray in its original color, an engine overhaul and the conversion to the coveted 5-speed manual transmission.

1974 BMW 3.0 CS 5-speed on eBay

1974 BMW 3.0CS Coupé. With the announcement of the new 3 liter, six-cylinder range in 1971 BMW refined the existing six-cylinder 2.8 cars while retaining many of their most successful features. The sporting and elegant two door coachwork reflected strong Bertone influence while Karmann reworked the chassis which now incorporated much of the suspension detail from the luxury 3 litre saloons. The 2,985cc, six-cylinder, single overhead camshaft engine now developed 180bhp at 6,000rpm. The supremely stylish coupé coachwork was built by Karmann and, in the configuration of the car offered, a top speed of 131mph was on tap with 0-60mph acceleration in just 8 seconds.

This California native and completely rust-free example of BMW’s superbly styish coupé, is an original black on black car, and is offered in excellent condition throughout. Showing an original 104,000 miles from new, the car was recently treated to a mechanical overhaul, including cylinder head work, an upgrade to 5-speed transmission, and freshening of suspension, brakes, and steering. The car runs likes new! The 3 liter inline 6-cylinder engine has great power, transmission is smooth with a new clutch, and brakes, suspension and steering are all very taut. All electrical systems work perfectly, including windows and cold AC.

The exterior was repainted some time ago in original black, and is still in excellent condition with great lustre and depth of shine. The Karmann plate on the driver’s A-pillar denotes the paint colour, and is stamped ‘86’, which corresponds to black. Original alloy wheels and tires are excellent. Brightwork too. The interior of the car is also in very good condition with little wear to the restored leather seat finishes. Headliner is excellent, the dash top has no cracks. The fully restored wood veneer throughout the car is excellent – restored by a Rolls-Royce wood veneer artisan. The car is accompanied by its original tools, manuals, the original key, assorted spares and substantial file of service records.

The problem with the E9 is of course the cost, especially if you want a good one. If I bought a mint example, I know I’d be a bit intimidated to use it every day, but this E9 strikes just the right balance between rough driver and concours quality show car. It reminds me a lot of the 40 year old Breitling chronograph I own. It has just enough patina for its age, you wouldn’t be afraid to use it as intended and it gives others a bit of a signal as to your good taste.

Anyone can go out and buy a new 6 series coupe, but this is a car for those who want to be different and have the patience to care for a vintage coupe. At close to $25,000, we’re about spot on for what an E9 of this caliber is bringing these days. With the bonus of the 5-speed gearbox and recent servicing, it would be hard to find a better E9 for less money.


1973 BMW 3.0 CS

Modifying a vintage car can be risky business. Sometimes the results are better than others. The BMW E9 coupes is an interesting study in that modified versions with engine upgrades and 5-speed gearboxes seem to be valued more than the original survivors out there. Perhaps it’s a testament to BMW’s engineering prowess that with a few updates the E9 can be acceptable for everyday driving duties. In addition to the ever popular 5-speed gearbox conversion, this 1973 3.0 CS for sale in California has had a whole host of modifications, the most obvious being the M6 engine swap, which was done in the late 1980s.

1973 BMW 3.0 CS on eBay

This 1973 BMW 3.0 CS/M6 “Hotrod” has only 25k original miles from new, with no rust ever! Silver exterior with blue leather. This 2 owner California car is the most amazing 3.0 CS you could ever imagine. Owner #1 bought new in Mill Valley, California from Mellow Motors the authorised dealer of the day, he sold the car to owner #2 in 1982 and he has owned ever since! The story regarding the conversion is that owner #2 was out for a spirited drive one sunny California day and had a BMW 2002 Tii pass him and leave him behind, he loved his CS but was unwilling to think he would be beaten again by a lesser vehicle so started to formulate a plan to gain the much needed HP he was looking for. After agonizing over this dilemma for quite some time, he opened a car magazine one day in 1987 only to see that BMW had launched the new for 1988 M6 coupe. He knew this was the answer to his problem so he set out looking for a motor/gearbox for this brand new model. It didn’t take him long to find an M6 that had an accident and he purchased the car post haste.

All records of the build are available and the car is equipped as follows:

1988 “Euro” spec M6 engine
1988 “Euro” spec 5 speed transmission
BMW M6 aluminum radiator
3.45 limited slip rear end
M3 (E36) brake rotors
C5 (Corvette) brake calipers
EBC brake pads
535i BMW brake master cylinder with hydralic boost
Suspension Techniques 28mm front sway bar
Suspension Techniques 22mm rear sway bar
Suspension Techniques springs
Bilstein struts
Dinomax Ultra free flow stainless muffler
“Ireland” battery relocation kit for trunk
Custom aluminum stress bar across front shock towers
Custom hydralic hood struts
1988 BMW/BBS 16 x 8 rims (from 750il)
BF Goodrich Comp TA 205/55 R16 front tires
BF Goodrich Comp TA 255/55 R16 rear tires
Signed Nardi steering wheel
VDO competition tachometer with shift light
VDO gauges for water temp,battery,oil pressure
Autopower 5 point safety belts
CS front air dam
1″ metal flaired fenders
Aluminum race style fuel inlet
Removed side markers and trunk emblems
Recessed antenae

This car was built using all of the best components available in 1988, her owner had an unlimited budget and it shows everywhere you look. The car was built in 1988-89, was a complete frame up restoration/build. The car is rust free and has never had any accidents or damage of any kind. She has travelled 2500 miles since being built and shows like a much newer car than her 40 years would suggest.

I’m a bit perplexed by the market for the E9. There is no shortage of well kept examples out there, but prices seem to be all over the map. At the end of last year, Aaron featured a 1973 3.0 CS that was as original and a true survivor. That car had a $35,500 buy it now price. Then there was the modified 1973 3.0 CS we featured in April which had a 5 speed gearbox and updated alloys like this car. It was in much better shape and was advertised at $75,000.

This car is currently at $75,000 and has not met its reserve. While the M6 engine probably makes this car a hoot to drive, I’d rather limit the mods to the 5-speed box for better highway cruising and leave it at that. While this car isn’t in bad shape, the leather interior could use a bit of attention and the aftermarket tachometer and updated gauges certainly don’t do the car any favors. Certainly a good bit of money went into this car, but in the end, this car is worth probably somewhere in the neighborhood of $35,000 to $40,000. There have even been a few other similar, non-modified 3.0 CS coupes on eBay recently for under $20,000. These were not basket case cars, but good drivers with higher mileage and a few imperfections. Only the very best, museum quality 3.0 CS coupes are going to bring the big dollars.


1974 BMW 3.0 CS

Following on to the trio of 8 series coupes Nate featured, here is the 8 series progenitor, the E9 3.0CS coupe. From 1968 through 1976, this was BMW’s flagship model with the 3.0 liter straight six with twin Zenith downdraft carburetors. With 178 horsepower on tap, these were comfortable cruising machines which left little to be desired for the ultimate motoring experience. The E9 has seen a bit of a resurgence in values in the last decade, as the later and more refined E24 6er seemed to always garner more favor with BMW enthusiasts. This particular 3.0 CS for sale could quite possibly be the best you could buy, but it begs the question: is this car over the top for most collectors and encroaching too much on the rarified air of the legendary CSL?

1974 BMW 3.0 CS

1974 BMW 3.0 CS, VIN: 4310374

This stunning BMW has seen only 7,076 miles since its 2008 restoration. The meticulous revival was overseen by La Jolla Independent of La Jolla, California who performed all the mechanical restoration work including the suspension, air conditioning, and full assembly with invoices totalling over $43k.

The mechanical restoration featured:

– 1988 3.5 liter fuel injected BMW motor. Completely rebuilt including new pistons. 250 hp.
– New BMW 265 5-speed gearbox
– Air Conditioning
– All parts were NOS BMW

Body and paint work was done by Robbie, a renowned independent body and paint contractor from Southern California. Additionally, the tan leather interior was meticulously restored by Juan Ortiz of Ortiz Auto Trim in Costa Mesa, California.

– Alpina 16” Wheels
– Garmin Navigation System (hidden in dash)
– Original AM/FM Becker Europa Stereo (upgraded with Ipod adapter)
– Carl Nelson lowering springs
– Newer Bilsteins all around
– Suspension Techniques sway bars
– 5 series window motor upgrade on front windows
– Quartz conversion for clock
– Nardi steering wheel
– AC upgraded to a sanden pump and converted to R134-A
– 3.0 CSL front airdam
– Sunroof

The original matching numbers engine and transmission were preserved and are included with the sale. This exception 3.0 has recieved a thorough concours quality detailing at Canepa Design and is ready for touring and enjoyment!

From the dark graphite paintwork to the Alpina wheels, this E9, at least for me, sums up BMW perfection. There are just so many details on this car that I am pouring over, like the steering wheel and the slick job of integrating a modern navigation system, not to mention the upgraded 5 speed gearbox. Hats off to the restorer for doing such a great job, but I can’t help but think this is a classic case of someone investing money in a car that won’t recoup it anytime soon. Those familiar with Bruce Canepa knows he offers quality cars that fetch commanding sums, but the best example of a 3.0 CS might hit in the mid to high $30,000 range, with the possibility of reaching into $40,000 territory. The restoration alone on this car cost $43,000, so if I had to guess, we’re probably looking at around a $60,000-ish E9 coupe. I could obviously be way off, however. If I was independently wealthy, price no object, I would pull the trigger because I think this is an absolutely stunning example of one of the most graceful pillarless coupes ever produced.


1974 BMW 3.0CS Hartge H15 5 speed

Here we run across the common problem of the undocumented tuner car. This BMW appears to have been modified by Hartge, but comes with no official documentation. Fortunately in this case it doesn’t look like a simple later badge only car. The owner claims the car has a 3.3/3.5 engine pulled from a 5 series and tuned by Hartge. It also has had a Getrag 5 speed manual tucked underneath. That nifty combination surely makes this a bit sportier to drive.

The car looks nice in the blue color inside and out. The interior looks great with proper wood steering wheel and shift knob. The outside looks quite clean with some minor signs of age. The 130,000 miles shows the car has been enjoyed.

The car has had aftermarket springs and sway bars added. With the car already not being original I think those horrible U.S. bumpers need to come off ASAP. This could be a real fun car to spend some time sprucing up. The price puts it out of the range of the average project car hunter. The opening price is $18,500 with a reserve. It will be interesting to see if this gets any bites.

1974 BMW 3.0CS Hartge H15 on eBay